|Three Cases of Murder|
|Directed by|| David Eady |
George More O'Ferrall
Orson Welles (uncredited)
|Written by|| Sidney Carroll |
Donald B. Wilson
|Produced by|| Ian Dalrymple |
|Starring|| Alan Badel |
|Edited by||Gerald Turney-Smith|
|Music by||Doreen Carwithen|
Wessex Film Productions
|Distributed by||London Films|
Three Cases of Murder is a 1955 British horror omnibus film comprising three stories: "The Picture," "You Killed Elizabeth," and "Lord Mountdrago." Eamonn Andrews introduces each. Alan Badel appears in all three.
The first and third stories deal with the supernatural. In the first, "In the Picture", a museum worker enters one of the pictures in a gallery. In the second, "You Killed Elizabeth", two friends fall in love with the same woman. In the third, "Lord Mountdrago", a dramatization of a short story by W. Somerset Maugham from his collection The Mixture as Before , a politician seeks revenge on a political opponent by entering his dreams.
Wendy Toye directed "In the Picture"; David Eady, "You Killed Elizabeth"; and George More O'Ferrall, "Lord Mountdrago."
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The presence of Orson Welles in the cast meant the film was released in the US before the UK.The film was turned down for exhibition in the UK by both the Rank and Associated British chains. They claimed that the film was mediocre and that Welles was not a big enough box office draw to compensate for this.
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